Seminar - November 2021


Farming Women, Distress and Drought: Intra-actions and Entanglements with Matter

Prof Lia Bryant, UniSA Justice & Society, University of South Australia

For the Food Values Research Group's November 2021 seminar, we are pleased to welcome Prof Lia Bryant.

This seminar focuses on farming women, drought and distress using the concept of ‘intra-action’ to explore how farming women’s bodies come into being as distressed in moments of time through and with multiple ‘matter’. Attention is given to the body as sensory and affective, intra-acting with space and things as women move through the farming property and family home. The significance of ‘intra-action’ and sensory entanglements and in particular the sounds and sights of drought in constituting distress became apparent through the creation and analyses of a participatory film making project with a small group of farm women from Southern Australia. The women entitled the film ‘Boots‘n’all’. I will be showing the film and discussing how distress in farming is gendered and emerges from hearing, sensing, seeing and feeling wind, dirt and sheep during drought.

When: Thursday, 25th November 2021, 12-1 PM

Where: Napier 208

Prof Lia Bryant is a researcher in UniSA Justice & Society at the University of South Australia. She is a rural sociologist and is passionate about collaborating with rural communities to understand and act on the challenges and opportunities facing rural Australia. Her research is action oriented and is focused on co-designed outcomes which honours the knowledge and expertise within rural communities.

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